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The Joiners Southampton

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The Joiners is a legendary music venue in Southampton, located on St Marys Street (SO14 1NS). Since live music started in the back room of The Joiners Arms in 1968, the venue has been upgraded several times. It manages to successfully merge a quality small-tour circuit venue into the fabric of the historic building.

Phonotonal (as [the-mag] hosted Mag-Nite events in the venue to promote independent music between 2006 and 2008.

The Joiners has played an important role in the UK music scene, often being one of the venues bands play on their way to the big time.

Check out live music listings for the venue on their official website.

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There’s a lot of respect for the Open Room lads, not least for landing the job of opening for Delays but for doing it justice. Sounding out electronic beats immersed in indie, they’re not unlike the headliners, but could be easily patched as a smartly dressed Enter Shikari. They’re a youthful group but boast some […]

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Collated by Oliver Grey, ‘Access One Step’ is a historical record, not so much of The Joiners Arms, but of the people that turned a dingy pub with sticky floors into something of a national treasure. Personal testimonies and anecdotes from musicians, promoters, former land-lords and local-heroes make up the majority of the chapters with […]

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Chin Music drew a respectable crowd and chose a high-speed exciting song, reminiscent of My Chemical Romance, to open with. The subsequent ‘Silence Is Everything’ alternated melodic and angry guitars and demonstrated that, although the band are capable of producing complex, layered songs, the singer’s voice doesn’t quite match the band’s sound. He seems to […]

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Having initially completely forgotten about The Rebs gig tonight I was planning on spending the evening… well… drinking. As it turns out they are on first at The Joiners tonight, allowing me to squeeze in more than a few bevvies having seen them strut their stuff. Having convinced a mate of mine to tag along […]

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Like a more chilled-out The Rakes, Portsmouth based four-piece The Ridgeway opened the night with a tight and varied mix of melodic rock songs. Confidently possessing the stage, they embodied the stylish rock-star persona and musically came across as really nice – to the extent that even their angry songs sounded just mildly peeved. ‘Hold […]

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Decomposing Joey kicked off a busy Saturday night at The Joiners. The Southampton based punk-funk four-piece belted out a high-tempo hard-hitting sound, all backed by some solid drums and bass. The guitar managed to produce some excellent riffs that helped set the pace for the evening. Unfortunately, the heaviness of the music was somewhat let […]

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Tonight The Joiners was all about writhing, swearing, and reluctant audience participation. With the stage in darkness, Southampton four-piece Sarah Jane Smith launched straight in with heavy guitars, loud drums, and barely audible shouted lyrics. Looking a bit like a foreign band, possibly German, SJS’s mid-song references to current affairs went down like the C-word […]

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The Bullycats are a five-piece rock band from Winchester who’ve been playing their Kings of Leon-esque country/rock locally for a couple of years. Their instant appeal can be attributed to the vocalist’s stunning gravely twang and stylishly clumsy dance moves. His country and western voice sounds like it’s generated by a night on Jack Daniels […]

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Faceful of Flames attracted a reasonable crowd for a wet Tuesday night and were obviously at ease on stage with plenty of playful chit-chat before songs, after songs, and when they didn’t know which song to play. The music was a heavy rock ‘n’ roll with a pace that was slow enough to add a […]

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Following on from shows in London, Bristol, and St Albans, Bushbaby landed in Southampton to play The Joiners. Starting their set with a new take on their latest official single, ‘Tinsel Town’, Bushbaby once again managed to impress both the hardened fans and the people who haven’t yet seen them live. They followed up on […]